Thank you for your interest in submitting an entry to Uleth's 2018 Consent Contest! The aim of the contest is to creatively strengthen the awareness and practice of consent culture on campus and in all our interactions. The contest will follow and engage with the following key elements of consent; namely, all entries will be judged according to the integration of one or (if possible) all of the six key elements of consent. Here is the definition and the key elements:
Consent is clear, communicated, enthusiastic, the responsibility of the initiator, ongoing, and can be renegotiated or withheld at any time. It means listening to each other, respecting each other, and bringing mindfulness to all our interactions.
When practicing Consent there are 6 Key Elements:
- A mutually communicated agreement. Respect the yes. Respect the no. Respect indecision (it is not a yes). Listen and pay attention to words, feelings, and context.
- Enthusiasm. When we name enthusiasm, we’re referring to a felt sense in yourself and also in the person(s) you’re engaging with. First, check in with yourself. Think of the last time you were really excited to do something, to see something/someone, or to go somewhere. Second, check in with the person(s) you’re engaging with.
- Responsibility of the initiator. The person wishing to initiate an act (e.g., hold hands, make out, cuddle, touch different body parts, etc.) or change an act (e.g., switch from kissing to touching) is responsible for initiating the conversation about consent.
- Step by step (ongoing). Having established consent for one activity does not mean that consent has been established for all activities. Just because someone consented to making out, it doesn’t mean they have consented to having sex. Check in every step of the way.
- Cannot be held to a predetermined agreement. Consent is not a contract; people can change their minds. Our wants and desires are fluid, as should be the agreements that we make when it comes to how we relate to our bodies.
- Best practiced sober. Under the law in “Canada”, consent cannot be given when under the influence. Alcohol is often used to absolve accountability (“I was drunk and I didn’t know what I was doing”), or worse, to victim blame those who experience assault (“She shouldn’t have gotten so drunk”). This is one of the reasons that we assert that consent is often best practiced sober.
A. Create a Video: $600 Cash Prize
- Create a 3-5 minute video that embodies and integrates the definition and key elements of consent listed above.
- Here are some examples of consent videos:
- Make sure you get written consent from anyone who may appear in the video. Consent forms can be found here: Photo Release Authorization . A copy of the forms must be handed in at the time of the submission.
B. Create a Button Design: $150 Cash Prize x 2
- Design a button that embodies, represents or symbolizes one of the elements of consent above.
- Choose whatever size or shape of button best supports your design (we'll print and make the buttons).
C. Invent a Consent Slogan & Poster: $100 Cash Prize
- Create a fresh and new slogan that captures the University of Lethbridge's intent of creating a culture of consent on campus. Put the slogan in a poster format to submit.
*Must currently be enrolled at the University of Lethbridge or work for the University of Lethbridge to participate in the contest*
Questions and submissions are to be directed to email@example.com.
Contest ends March 22nd, 2018 at 4:30pm.
Sexual Violence Support & Education Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org | (403) 317-2862 | http://www.uleth.ca/sexual-violence/consent-contest